Terps need someone to carry the load
If the Terps are to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament, they need to find another attackman or midfielder who can carry the ball.
The three best teams in college lacrosse --Syracuse, North Carolina and Virginia -- like to play pressure defense and extend out because they have great athletes. Maryland, though, has only one ballhandler on its offense in attackman Ryan Young.
Against North Carolina Saturday, the Tar Heels pushed Maryland out so far the Terps were never able to settle into their 6-on-6 offense. Maryland has some good shooters in attackman Travis Reed and Grant Catalino, but they weren't serious threats because they can't carry and create space.
Maryland has to do a better job of beating the other team's short pole midfielders, and forcing slides. We'll find out what the Terps have come up with because they play Virginia Saturday night.
-- Mike Preston